Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in a personal God as creator and ruler of the world.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Belief in the existence of at least one deity.
  • n. Belief in the existence of a personal creator god, goddess, gods and/or goddesses present and active in the governance and organization of the world and the universe. The God may be known by or through revelation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The belief or acknowledgment of the existence of a God, as opposed to atheism, pantheism, or polytheism.
  • n. The morbid condition resulting from the excessive use of tea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Belief in the existence of a God as the Creator and Ruler of the universe.
  • n. A morbid affection resulting from the excessive use of tea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the doctrine or belief in the existence of a God or gods

Etymologies

Back-formation from atheism, originally from Ancient Greek θεός (Theós, "god"); see theo-. Attested in English from 1678, theist being slightly earlier, 16 years earlier in 1662. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So the New Atheists 'claims that theism is dangerous because it is illogical are hysterical and hypocritical nonsense.

    Contentment

  • I should also point out that Collins argues for theism from the standpoint of both scenarios (a stacked deck, so to speak).

    David Heddle's take on the Fine-Tuning Argument

  • This traditional view, known as theism, is quite hard to defend for anyone who has scientific or philosophical training.

    2010 February « Anglican Samizdat

  • I am not saying that it is deserved to some extent, but it is hard to deny that many critics seem to openly approve and applaud movies that purposely cut against the grain theism, while offering harshing criticsm to overtly theistic films.

    Overlooked Movie Monday: The Ninth Configuration » Scene-Stealers

  • His remark at the end about theism is well placed.

    Overlooked Movie Monday: The Ninth Configuration » Scene-Stealers

  • And in theism, it seems possible that God created matter so that it had the additional property of being conscious.

    David Ray Griffin: IDist

  • Aren't you really suggesting that if life was not generated according to a non-telic paradigm then theism is true?

    Assessing Causality

  • I do think that between Lysenkoism, The Reign of Terror, Communism and otherwise, all claims that atheism or anti-theism is an essential ingredient to a better, more moral society is laughable.

    Defending Your Existence

  • Ah yes, the advantage of theism is relying on unjustified assertions – "seeing" the truth.

    Dawkins and ID

  • Raevmo: Ah yes, the advantage of theism is relying on unjustified assertions – "seeing" the truth.

    Dawkins and ID

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